David Graeber

“For much of human history, systems of virtual money were designed and regulated to ensure that nothing like capitalism could ever emerge to begin with – at least not as it appears in its present form, with most of the world’s population placed in a condition that would in many other periods of history be considered tantamount to slavery. The second point is to underline the absolutely crucial role of violence in defining the very terms by which we imagine both society and markets – in fact, many of our most elementary ideas of freedom.”

The article is subtitled Slavery, violence and the history of debt, and I am of course interested in anything having to do with slavery.




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4 responses to “David Graeber

  1. N G

    There’s a new book by an Arkansas politician in which he says that slavery was good for black people.

    “… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.” (Pages 183-89)

    and also:

    “Wouldn’t life for blacks in America today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education?” (Page 184)
    Lots more at the following news site:


  2. Z

    Good God. You know, I only live a few hours from Arkansas and it apparently has really nice mountains, and I ought to want to go, but I lack willpower for it and this kind of thing is why.

  3. N G

    While we’re on the topic of Arkansas, I understand why you hesitate. Charlie Fuqua, the current Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives wrote in his 2012 book, God’s Law:

    “The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline. Therefore, a child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents. The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21″

    Even Louisiana isn’t this bad although some of your new charter schools with a religious bend might lean in this direction.

  4. Z

    That is so frightening.

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